INDEPENDENT ON BOARD TO SELL NOEL CLARKE’S BROTHERHOOD

13 October 2016

In 2006, Noel Clarke’s KIDULTHOOD changed the landscape of British crime drama, presenting a more contemporary and authentic portrait of London Living. Having written the innovative film, Clarke moved on to directing duties in the sequel ADULTHOOD two years later, which Independent also sold.  The third and final entry BROTHERHOOD now completes the trilogy. Here, Clarke writes, produces and directs, as well as again taking on the central role of the former gang member struggling to adapt to a new way of life.

Anticipation for the final instalment from UK audiences that grew up with the characters was immense. When the film was released in the UK via Lionsgate at the end of August, box office from the first weekend exceeded expectations with £1.98m. The film now stands at £3.7m and counting.

BROTHERHOOD’s international premiere took place at the Toronto Film Festival.

Andrew Orr of Independent said: "Having worked with Noel Clarke on ADULTHOOD, we are excited to bring the final instalment of the trilogy to market. Noel’s cultural contribution to British film is massive, and he continues to be one of the most authentic and prolific filmmakers in the UK industry. BROTHERHOOD’s huge success at home combined with the international launch at TIFF will make the film an essential title for buyers to check out during the AFM.’’

Noel Clarke said: ‘’ I’m immensely happy at the success of BROTHERHOOD in the UK and working with Andrew and independent again on the sales of this film, which as a grown up crime thriller is much more international than the previous two films. TIFF showed us that the film plays to international audience and I look forward to more countries experiencing the journey Sam goes on.’’

BROTHERHOOD is produced by Noel Clarke’s Unstoppable Entertainment with Jason Maza and Gina Powell, and Maggie Monteith’s Dignity Films Finance. Executive producers are  Damian Jones, Zygi Kamasa, Nick Manzi, Nicola Pearcey, Chris Reed and Josephine Rose.

Independent represent North American jointly with Noel Clarke’s agency APA.

Synopsis:

A decade on from the events in Adulthood, and Sam Peel has grown up, in a stable relationship with his lawyer girlfriend Kayla, and raise their child together, seeking a peaceful existence far away from the former's disruptive background. But having made a lot of enemies down the years who still hold a grudge against him, it's just a matter of time before Sam's past comes back to haunt him. Wanting nothing to do with this particular lifestyle, when his family are threatened, Sam knows that it's time to put an end to this ongoing conflict once and for all.

Editor’s Notes:

Noel Clarke

Noel Clarke is a BAFTA-winning English actor, director and screenwriter from London. He is best known for his television work in DR WHO and AUF WIEDERSHEN, PET as well as his feature film work in KIDULTHOOD, which he wrote and starred in and the sequel ADULTHOOD, which he wrote, directed and starred in. ADULTHOOD took over £1.2 million in its opening weekend in the UK out grossing THE INCREDIBLE HULK and INDIANA JONES & THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, before going on to gross £3.3 million domestically in the UK. 

Noel has over 200,000 twitter followers and has also appeared in Hollywood blockbusters such as J.J. Abrams multi-million dollar STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. Released in 2014 by Universal Pictures, Noel went onto direct and act in THE ANOMALY, a sci-fi thriller starring Ian Somerhalder, Alexis Knapp, Luke Hemsworth and Brian Cox.  

Unstoppable

Unstoppable Entertainment is an exciting and ambitious Film and Television Production company based in London, UK. It’s a company that prides itself on giving a platform to new talent, continuing to push the boundaries of independent film and more importantly, advance those movies into an international market.

Over the past few years Unstoppable Entertainment have shown themselves to be at the forefront of films that are new and fresh. UE will continue to produce movies that give young filmmakers from diverse and ethnic backgrounds the platform and opportunities to tell their stories.

Since 2007, Noel Clarke and Jason Maza, who helm Unstoppable Entertainment, have produced “Adulthood,” “The Knot,” “4.3.2.1,” “Storage 24,” “The Hooligan Factory,” 2014 EIFF’s “We Are Monster" and "Legacy".

In 2016, they released "Brotherhood", the third in the Kidulthood/Adulthood trilogy. It reached number 2 in the UK Box Office and was part of the official selection at TIFF 2016.

Independent

Independent specialises in the development, financing, production, and distribution of independent feature films.

Independent’s latest production is the critically acclaimed THE FALLING by upcoming British filmmaker Carol Morley. Previously, Independent produced John Banville’s Booker Prize winning novel THE SEA which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2013. In 2011, Independent produced the celebrated adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, directed by Lynne Ramsay, and world premiered it in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Independent also acquires third party rights to manage through its sales and distribution divisions, led by Andrew Orr.  Latest titles include GIMME DANGER, the ultimate documentary on Iggy Pop and The Stooges by acclaimed filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Mat Whitecross’ documentary on OASIS, titled SUPERSONIC, and I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER directed by Billy O’Brien and starring Max Records and Christopher Lloyd, as well as ADULT LIFE SKILLS, directed by Rachel Tunnard and starring Jodie Whittaker. Thomas Napper’s Boxing Movie JAWBONE starring Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Johnny Harris is currently in production. Recent titles on the slate also include David Mackenzie’s STARRED UP, released by Fox Searchlight in the UK, HYENA by Gerard Johnson, which premiered in Toronto and WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY, released by Lionsgate.

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